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François El Bacha

Expert économique, François el Bacha est l'un des membres fondateurs de Libnanews.com. Il a notamment travaillé pour des projets multiples, allant du secteur bancaire aux problèmes socio-économiques et plus spécifiquement en terme de diversité au sein des entreprises.

The Banque du Liban discreetly questions its policy of the PEG of the Lebanese Pound

The main entrance of the Banque du Liban (BDL) Photo credit: Libnanews.com, all rights reserved
The Banque du Liban questioned its policy of the PEG of the Lebanese pound against the dollar imposed in 1997 with a fixed rate of 1507 LL / USD at the time, rate still officially in force today, with the publication yesterday, a new...

Saad Hariri, isolated both locally and internationally

Almost 9 months after the resignation of the Hassan Diab government, the prime minister-designate since October Saad Hariri seems to be isolated both locally and internationally, including among his traditional allies, while the local situation seems more critical than ever with the the next...

Lebanon / Heritage: The Valley of Nahr Brahim or Valley of Adonis

The valley of Nahr Brahim, formerly called the valley of Adonis, is one of those exceptional places in Lebanon with a rich history. Adonis, god of love and beauty, was said to have been killed by a boar sent by Ares, god of war...

Lebanon / Heritage: The Eternal Olive Trees of Bchaaleh in North Lebanon

Bchaleeh, municipality of the caza of Batroun in North Lebanon, houses a small treasure visible on the very edge of the road. These are among the oldest olive trees in the world, over 6000 years old. Today belonging to the local Waqf, these olive...

Between history and legend: the port of Tire in southern Lebanon

We take you to the port of Tire, also known locally as Sour, a town located just 70 km from Beirut. Built on the so-called Sidonian port because it is oriented towards the ancient city of Sidon, today Saida, the port of Tire continues...

The formal slap in Saad Hariri

Long uncertain due to the absence of a meeting request from the French authorities to Saad Hariri, the meeting Jean-Yves le Drian finally took place the meeting between the prime minister designate and the French Minister of Affairs foreigners, not at the Maison du...

Lebanon / History: Lebanon in the turmoil of WWII and its independence

Lebanon, under French mandate since 1920, entered the turmoil of the Second World War when many questions arose, including that of its accession to independence or even its functional structures. Following the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany on September 1, 1939, Gabriel Puaux,...

A bitter observation of the situation in Lebanon on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day

The An Nahar building ravaged by the explosion of August 4, 2020. Photo credit: Francois el Bacha for Libnanews.com
Like every May 3, Le Monde celebrates World Press Freedom Day. In Lebanon, this freedom takes on a somewhat special character, not only because of threats against journalists but also because of the very fact that many local media - if not almost all...

Lebanon / Heritage: the vineyard and cellars of Château Kefraya

After the Taanayel farms and the Ammiq swamps, this Saturday we invite you to go, still in the West Békaa, in the vineyards and cellars of Château Kefraya, for a break that is at the same time rupestral, lucid and greedy. At the origin of...

Lebanon / Heritage: The thrones of Astarte from the National Museum

Found at the temple of Echmoun located a little further north of the city of Saïda and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List due to its archaeological importance and today exhibited at the National Museum of Beirut , Astarte's thrones are generally...

Lebanon / Heritage: The tribune or the Podium of the temple of Echmoun

In the Phoenician temple of Echmoun located a little further north of the city of Saïda and inscribed on the Tentative List of the World Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO because of its archaeological importance, was also found a Monumental Podium composed of a...

The rich history of the Armenian presence in Lebanon

Carte du génocide arménien en 1915. Chaque cercle représente un massacre. Il y en a de trois types de lieux de massacre : les centres de contrôles (en rouge), les postes (en rose) et les camps de concentration et d'extermination (en noir). La taille des cercles indique le nombre relatif d'Arméniens tués. Les épées indiquent les lieux de résistance arménienne : ceux ou elle a été plus forte sont en rouge, et moins forte en noir. Les différentes tailles d'épées ne signifient rien, c'est uniquement dû à un problème de place sur la carte. Les cercles présents en Mer Noire indiquent les Arméniens (principalement des femmes et des enfants) emmenés par bateaux et jetés à la mer.
The only Arab country to have recognized the Armenian genocide since May 11, 2000, Lebanon is home to the 8th Armenian diaspora in the world. The Armenian presence is estimated between 120,000 to 150,000 people. It actively participates in economic life as evidenced by...

Lebanon / History: the withdrawal of Syrian troops on April 26, 2005

It was on April 26, 2005 that the last Syrian troops left Lebanon, thus putting an end to a presence of almost three decades in the Land of the Cedars, following strong international pressure and Lebanese opposition following the assassination on February 14, 2005...

Exclusive agencies in Lebanon, between illegality and legality

Exclusive agencies are now among the main suspects explaining the significant increase in prices. They are thus regularly accused of having set up real economic cartels controlling a large part of the Lebanese economy. A net importing country, Lebanon largely depends on exclusive agencies...